High Schools: Bow hockey team wins battle of unbeatens
Bow High School senior forward Jake Rand moves with the puck during Bow's win against Dover at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, January 4, 2014.
(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
Bow High School senior forward Christopher Fournier faces off against Dover at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, January 4, 2014.
(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
Through two periods, a battle of Division II hockey powerhouses was anybody’s game. Bow High made sure that wouldn’t continue.
The Falcons scored three third-period goals last night and improved to 4-0 with a 6-3 victory over old rival Dover (3-1) at Everett Arena.
“They made us have to compete,” Bow Coach Tim Walsh said. “In the end, we did what we had to do.”
The goal scorers were Jake Rand (two), Tyler Herrick, Chris Fournier, Jeremy Duhamel and Devin Barker. The offense was widely spread out, with five different goal scorers, but Walsh was particularly impressed with a certain player.
“Barker really set the tone tonight,” Walsh said. “This was the best game of his high school career.”
Goalie Robbie Margeson made 18 saves. Josh Lacasse and Nate Corriveau played well defensively – Walsh described Corriveau as a “beast” in the defensive zone.
Walsh was most impressed with his team’s third-period performance.
“We really turned it on in the third,” he said. “I liked that we finished strong.”
Walsh, however, was quick to look ahead to Wednesday night’s game against Merrimack.
“We could’ve played better. We’ll need to fix up certain aspects in practice,” he said.
∎ Bow won the championship of a tournament hosted by Oyster River and held at the Whittemore Center in Durham over the Christmas holiday week. The Falcons went 3-0, beating Oyster River, 4-1; Newington (Conn.), 3-0; and Martha’s Vineyard (Mass.), 4-3, in overtime in the championship game. Jake Rand was named tournament MVP. In the final game, Chris Fournier was named offensive player of the game, Nate Corriveau defensive player of the game and Robby Margeson goalie of the game.
Manchester Memorial 5, Concord 0
Concord (1-3-0) trailed by a single goal entering the final period, but gave one up on its first shift of the frame to open the floodgates, as Memorial (3-1-1) scored four times in the final 15 minutes to put the game away.
The Crusaders held a slim 29-25 advantage in shots, with the Tide’s Jesse Bedard making 24 saves.
“We showed signs of improvement,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said, “but we’ve got to put the puck in the net.”
Londonderry 8, Bishop Brady 1
The Green Giants remained winless in regular-season action, falling to 0-3. Londonderry improved to 3-2 with the convincing victory.
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SOMERSWORTH/COE-BROWN 5, TIMBERLANE 3
In a tight contest, the Bearcats used clutch scoring to pull out a victory. Tied at 3-3 going into the third, Ben Bailey netted the game-winner four minutes into the period. Ryan Cordeiro added an empty netter to seal the deal.
Cordeiro had two goals and two assists to lead the Bearcats. Dakota Hippern recorded two goals and an assist, Felix Nyqvist and William Ohrenberger had an assist apiece, and Nick Pridham and Cole Gagne also played well.
Freshman goalie Joel Boulanger was solid in net, making 21 saves.
John Stark-Hopkinton 7, Con-Val 1
Freshman Justin Bowen scored his first career goal to get the Generals (1-0-1) rolling to a 5-0 lead after the first period, and they controlled the game for their first regular-season win. Jake Blanchette and Peter Sawitsky each scored two goals and recorded an assist. Kyle Kolehmainen and Robbie Ferguson each scored one goal and had two assists. Ferguson scored on a power play in the third period to cap off the scoring.
Cam Bourque and Alex Lajeunesse led a defensive effort that allowed only eight Con-Val (1-2) shots to the Generals’ 38 and a single goal in the second period. John Brown and Josh Gagne split the goaltending duties, with Brown starting with four saves and Gagne made three after coming off the bench.
Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes 3, Kearsarge 2, OT
The Cougars (0-2) rallied to tie the game after falling behind 2-0 in the first period, but the hosts scored 1:14 into overtime to nab the victory.
Will Aufranc scored with 7:07 left in the third period to deadlock the game at 2-2, assisted by Zach Wesoja. Ben Newbern scored Kearsarge’s first goal, in the first period, with assists from Jakob Arnold and Aufranc.
Goalie Cody Rowe made 25 saves.
Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes improved to 1-2.
BERLIN-GORHAM 6, CONCORD 0
The Tide (0-2) wasn’t able to muster any offense in the lopsided loss.
Goalie Amandaline Tibbals made 30 saves.
MERRIMACK VALLEY 77, HILLSBORO-DEERING 43
The Pride (2-2) went up early and cruised to a comfortable victory over Hillsboro-Deering (0-4).
MV led 40-19 at halftime and never looked back.
Bruce Barton led the Pride with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cole Remillard and Justin Williams had 16 apiece, and Ryan Head contributed eight assists.
Mike Legare scored 16 points to lead the H-D offense, and Brett Bennett hit three 3-pointers and finished with nine points.
“They’re just too big …too big for us,” said H-D Coach Kevin Fowler, who played for Pride Coach Kevin O’Brien when he was a player for MV.
The Tide turned in an impressive runner-up finish at the 25-team Keene Holiday Tournament, pleasing their coach.
“We’re a good team,” Coach Ham Munnell said. “I’m proud of the effort that we’re showing.”
Nate Engel (113) and Walters Ndi (195) were each champions of their respective weight classes. Connor Stadnicki (120) and Alex Kamau (132) each had third-place finishes. Mark Hoyt (106), Chris Munnell (138), Dan Lawrence (145), Ian Wagner (152), Calvin Crowell (170), George Tarwo (182), Tyshawn Roberts (220) and Dylan Naylor (285) all had notable performances, finishing within the top-six of their weight classes.
“We have three freshmen in our lineup,” Munnell said. “We’re definitely proud of our second-place finish.”
After dropping the opening meet of the season, the Tide won four straight dual meets, and this tournament only increases the momentum that’s being built.
“We’re trying to get better,” Munnell said. “The results are beginning to show.”
JOHN STARK goes 0-2
In a pair of dual meets with Alvirne and Nashua South, the Generals came out winless, falling to South, 39-28, and to Alvirne, 42-39.
Nick Widmann, Andy Hewey, Terry Zervos, Zach Feudner and Colton Millette each won both of their matches. Kellen Brien won one and lost one, but he did wrestle up a weight class in the loss.
The Generals look to bounce back when they host Franklin on Wednesday night.
Bow 72, Monadnock 11
Bow 70, Masenic 25
Conant 68, Bow 66
The Falcons bested the Huskies and the Vikings, but narrowly fell to the host Orioles in a four-team meet.
Four Falcons swam their way to six individual wins, with Louis Miyara (100 butterfly and 200 freestyle) and Nick Weckstein (100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke) winning two events each. Jacob Scott won the 100 backstroke and Ross Cook won the 50 freestyle.
Bow 86, Masenic 21
Monadnock 90, Bow 58
Conant 81, Bow 63
The Falcons defeated the Vikings, but lost to the Huskies and Orioles in a four-team meet hosted by Conant.
Taylor Morrison had the highest Bow finish, claiming second in the 100 backstroke. The Falcons had third-place finishes from Riley Hicks (100 freestyle and 50 freestyle), Jillian DeLand (100 breaststroke) and Haley Parker (100 butterfly). Nicole Hodgins finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke.